Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, and Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs of India, paid a deep tribute to Major Dhyan Chand during the launch of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Fit India Movement on Thursday. Addressing the crowd, he urged every Indian to stay fit and take this movement to the next level. “We have to make a sports as a way of life. To begin this movement on the legendary hockey player Major Dhyan Chand's birth anniversary, is the best tribute we can pay to him.”
Further, Rijiju urged every Indian to join the Fit India movement and develop a sports culture in India. At the launch of the fitness movement, the Arunachal Pradesh MP, Kiren Rijiju stated that this is the first time in India that a fitness movement is being launched with the participation of everyone with immense dedication. In a tweet he mentioned that he is looking forward to see chief ministers making a clarion call to the citizens in their respective states for fitness.
As PM @narendramodi ji is launching #FitIndiaMovement at 10am, I'm extremely excited to see Chief Ministers making clarion call to citizens in their respective States for fitness. Here is the message of the CM of Tripura @BjpBiplab ji. https://t.co/hfBPb3kjmc— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 29, 2019
Rijiju said that the fitness movement will develop as a sporting powerhouse. Paying his tribute to the legendary hockey player Major Dhyan Chand, he said, "Today, the National Sports Day is on the birthday anniversary of hockey player Major Dhyan Chand. He was the first Indian ever to go global and make India proud."
On his birth anniversary, I pay my tributes to Major Dhyanchand, the greatest hockey player India has ever produced 🏑— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 29, 2019
And on this "National Sports Day" my greetings to all sportspersons and the sports enthusiasts across India🇮🇳! pic.twitter.com/faHPUBzCHF
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Fit India Movement on the occasion of National Sports Day at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi on Thursday morning. The movement aims to encourage Indians to make sports as a way of living to have a healthy and fit lifestyle. In his speech while launching the fitness, PM Modi said, "Fitness is not just a word, but a way to lead a healthy life. We want everyone to include fitness in their lives."
Other several leaders from the country also joined the campaign. Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu expressed his tribute to Major Dhyan Chand on Twitter. He also said, "We must nurture the habit of participation in sports from a young age. There is a need to encourage and promote sporting culture in the country."